Wednesday, 29 May 2019

My poor Art Blog - but Kuriology sales have never been so good?



My poor Kuriology blog. It has been a little neglected. 

In part this is due to spreading myself a little thinly. An Etsy store, folksy store, ebay sales, twitter, tumblr, pinterest, google/mybusiness & the untimely death last year of my dear disability service dog.  (NB: Although this is not really a business, but the downsizing clearing of creations made as a result of coping strategy for disability). Basically posting about all over the place without a proper plan or process.

Kuriology Cabinet of Curiosities Heart


Time to stop & access, or as dear old Fagin said -'reviewing the situation'.

The idea being that through Kuriology to keep myself, hands & more particularly my brain, cognitively occupied to suppress the impact of clinically & forensically clinically diagnosed agoraphobia, PTSD, anxiety & panic attacks.  But not to stress myself out adversely.

Kuriology Feejee Mermaid


To a degree my self devised strategy works - mostly.

*Kuriology had held off from venturing into international sales due to the fiasco which is Brexit causing all sorts of strife & woe in the UK  (Brexit = The result of trying to appease some right wing neo-nazi types in the British conservative party & now a concerning massing & manifesting of same ilk in the Brexit party).

There is genuine concern that Britain may be teetering on the brink of accidentally sliding into a quasi- fascist dictatorship under the rule of a privately & secretly funded party.  One with no political manifesto other than that of those willing to follow a virtual cult of perceived personality! 

Drinking pints in a pub does NOT make a man 'one of the people' - its just good PR for suckers & has been enabled by main stream media.

Eventually we said - 'to hell with it'...& we started listing Kuriology for international sales.

Kuriology Extinct Non-existent Species

Bingo-A result - Americans, Canadians, French, Belgians, Germans & Chinese have all been buying Kuriology creations.

Approx. 50% of all Kuriology listings are now selling overseas!?  #WhoKnew?

Kuriology lists new releases from the Art laboratory onto ebay each week here:- https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/sculpthunter/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Friday, 31 August 2018

Dead as a Dodo and other Halloween type things?


Dead as a Dodo and other Halloween type things?

Dodo sculpture by Kuriology

With such an unusually long hot & summer this year in the UK it seems to have impacted sales of Kuriology Art Laboratory items.  Now perhaps all the goths, steampunk-ers, oddity & curiosity collectors were twiddling their toes on a beach somewhere?

Who knows?

 Vampire Heart by Kuriology
Vampire Heart


However, since last September Kuriology sales had been steadily ticking along quite merrily up until the summer heat wave hit. Then, just like a trout stream, things dried up a bit. 

 Paper mache Monkey Skeleton by Kuriology
Monkey Skeleton


But Halloween is approaching, so (in theory) Kuriology Art Laboratory object sales should start to pick up.  They are after all quite unique, one of a kind (OOAK) creations that fit well into the folklore, folk art, horror, goth, steampunk, museum, oddity collector niche. 

 Experimental Biology by Kuriology
Laboratory Experiment


Unlike things cast from molds & made of plastic,  Kuriology items are handcrafted, primarily made from recycled materials, they will age, & develop their own unique patina. 

 Dragon hatchling by Kuriology
Dragon Hatchling


So what sorta of thing is likely to be found released from the Kuriology Art Laboratory?  

Well, things like that pictured above really, oh & the thing below...we think its a sort of 'Hand of Glory', but who knows what someone may use it for?

Perhaps add a little sign- 'Shoplifters will be severely dealt with'?

 Severed hand by Kuriology
Severed Hand

You can find Kuriology items for sale on ebay.co.uk here:- Kuriology on ebay
 

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

A Guide to Kuriology for ebay, but ebay scrapped their guide program?

A Buyers Guide to Art of Kuriology on ebay, 
...but ebay scrapped their own guide program?


It had been on my 'to do' list for quite some time.   To write a guide for ebay on Kuriology Art sculptures.  I finally put aside some time after I noted a prompt from ebay.  Spent a couple of hours scribbling away with big crayons & went to upload the Kuriology guide onto ebay.

????? But, No can do?

A little further investigation (google) & discovered ebay have scrapped their own guide scheme initiative.  In the process ebay dumping 500,000 guides written by enthusiastic ebayers?

These guides as well as being informative, drove free traffic to ebay via google.  
So why scrap? 
Who knows?

But since Kuriology sculptures use recycled materials, here is the ebay Kuriology guide recycled onto the blog.



-: Art of KURIOLOGY :-

by The Kuriologist
‘Outsider - Folk Art’

For the different, unusual, individual & unique




What is KURIOLOGY?

Made from found, recycled, re-purposed, re-used items & materials crafted into objects of primarily environmentally responsible or social commentary Art. These creations have to fit into the artists spectrum interpretation of Wunderkammer ‘Cabinet of Curiosity’ objects & artefacts.   The artist work often reflecting a personal eclectic interest in Antiques, Natural History, Taxidermy, Folklore, Occult & Witchcraft, Paleontology, Steampunk, Science Fiction, Classical Greek/Roman mythology & Art.  All such subjects fitting into the artists broad umbrella perception of ‘Cabinet of curiosities’ and reflected in diversity of Kuriology collectible décor creations.



Who is the Kuriologist? A cognitively disabled self-taught ‘Outsider’ artist.  Following a prolonged period of years of authority (& others) instigated physical assaults & physiological intimidation & hate crimes against him, the artist suffered severe catastrophic trauma.  During later clinical & forensic medical diagnosis the artist’s condition was likened to that of ‘a person repeatedly exposed to life threatening situations’ (ie: living in a war zone).  Cognitively impaired with PTSD (Post traumatic Stress Disorder) severe anxiety, physically painful panic attacks & form of (authoritarian) people related agoraphobia. The artist became housebound for more than a decade. During this time, he taught himself to sculpt from whatever materials available to hand & created 100’s & 100’s of sculptures which very few people ever got to see.

Kuriology Art Sculptures


How are Kuriology pieces made?

Using a range of diverse materials to construct form & body, & often incorporating elements of both traditional & contemporary Papier-mâché & decoupage techniques – the artist’s ‘vegetarian taxidermy ‘-pieces using no animal parts (Other than shellac polish). Kuriology assemblage sculptural pieces made up of multiple pieces & objects on social, political & other topics, broadly referred to by the artist as – ‘reliquary cabinets of collective curiosity’. A back ground as a former antique furniture restorer, Kuriology art pieces often stained, French polished & by incorporating antique or old objects, have an overall antique or vintage feel & look about a completed piece.


Vegetarian Taxidermy Octopus in progress


Where Kuriology has been exhibited?

The Kuriologist lives in relative reclusion in an isolated rural area, seldom travels & feels disconnected, even excluded from conventional art & disability organisations.  His work deemed by some as - to craft like for Art galleries & too Art-y for craft fairs.   Although several galleries in Cornwall, UK, have taken & sold Kuriology Art, it is museums & antique shop environments in which Kuriology Art seems most in place.

In June 2017 Kuriology held a summer exhibition at Helston Museum.  Over x250 (tip of iceberg) Kuriology sculptures exhibited.  Attracting double usual number of Museum visitors.  Also, digital exhibition of Kuriology art as part of ‘Alternative’ touring exhibition at Bristol Museum, Poole Museum, Falmouth Art Gallery & Cheltenham Gallery.  

Kuriology Exhibition Helston Museum 2017


Types of Kuriology

1.       ‘Vegetarian Taxidermy’ – Natural History Animal figures using no actual animal parts
2.       ‘Reliquary Cabinets of Collective Curiosity’ – Assemblage constructions
3.       ‘Steampunk Inspired’ – But seldom a gear or cog insight…
4.       ‘Science Fantasy’ – Science fiction, alien & fantasy creations
5.       ‘Figurative Nudes’ – Primarily male sculptures often Greek/Roman mythology figure based
6.       ‘Occult, Witchcraft & Folklore’ – Inspired by traditional & antique artefacts
7.       ‘Carnival of the Dead Figures’ – Memento Mori meets Day of The Dead, whilst passing through the vaults of Victorian Dark Gothic


Kuriology Reliquary of Collective Curiosity


Why buy Kuriology sculptures?

1.       Environmental Credibility:  Primarily uses recycled & re-purposed materials & resources.
2.       Individually Unique: OOAK (One of a kind) Every Kuriology sculpture is individual. Some may be similar, but none are the same.  No production line plastic resin moulds used here!
3.       Collectible Curiosities: Sales indicate already a small ‘hard-core’ number of early-bird Kuriology collectors.
4.       Affordability:  Hundreds of Kuriology sculptures were created in ten-years of being housebound.  Needing to downsize to create needed valuable space Kuriology sculptures are offered at auction at sensible & affordable start prices.  Start prices which barely reflect minimum wage hours entailed in the creation

When should you buy Kuriology sculptures?
Well right now seems as good a time as any?
Because when they are sold they are gone!